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July 31, 2020

This project is now a few years old.  However we still need your help to keep it up to date. Do you have any history for your activities at outpost, sectional, district, regional, or national events for 2020 or before? We would love to get a copy and get it posted on the history site. Whether is it Pow Wow packets, FCF packets, posters, documents, patch scans, staff listings, etc.  All history for your district and section can be posted. Please contact Mark Oliver and it will get updated quickly. We ask that patch scans/photos be a minimum resolution of 300x300. If you take a photo, please put one patch per picture and take the photo close to the patch so we get it up close.

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July 31, 2020

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This site is managed by the North Texas Royal Rangers on behalf of and is the exclusively authorized history site of the national Royal Rangers ministries office, Springfield, MO. Contacts for this site include Mark Oliver and Jonathan Trower.

Misc. History

The history on this page was never supported by the national office but is being capture for historical purposes so future Royal Rangers will have a knowledge of these items.

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  1. Mounted Rangers
  2. Cyber Pow Wow

 

Mounted Rangers

Here is a brief summary of what transpired shortly before the letter below was sent out. During the summer of 1998, Paul Scholtz had put together a proposal and submitted it to the Rocky Mountain District first. At the time, Fred Ladage was the District Commander. His staff felt it had some merit but had too many holes in it. It was too heavy on specialized uniforms and too light on any type of advancement requirements or life applications. The district staff decided to work on its short comings. They had a professional guide/outfitter who was putting information together as well as a cattle rancher and a resort/dude ranch owner. They felt all three could contribute substantially to making it a viable addition to Royal Rangers. But Paul gave the packet to Sherman Metcalf, who was serving on the Southwest Regional Staff (and was the District Commander before Fred). Sherman presented to the National Office and shortly thereafter the letter came out (see letter below).

Paul made the Mounted Ranger patches shown below, and he handed them out to outposts as he traveled the country.









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(click on photo to view larger version of letter)


Back Row, Far Left - Paul Scholtz
Back Row, Far Right - PR Scholtz (Paul's son)
David Holden on white horse

 

Paul tried for years to start an Expedition Rangers level group called Mounted Rangers. The focus was everything equine. Never really took off. Too expensive, very limited participation. He was an appointed A/G missionary to the rodeo cowboy and followed the circuit. He would visit outposts in the towns the rodeos were held in and do mounted demonstrations for the rangers. He made these patches and gave them to boys at the outposts he visited.

Anthony Hubbard first met him when he was in High School. Paul would always stop and do a big presentation for the school and they would ride in their local rodeo parades as mounted rangers. The boys loved it when he would visit town.

Because of Paul's expertise in old Cavalry horsemanship the US Army reached out to Paul when they reactivated a number of Cavalry units for missions in Afghanistan after 9/11. He was one of just a few people who knew how to do what the Army has not done since WW1. They even reactivated some of the Cavalry medals that had since been retired. He was an expert on the Cavalry and knew everything there was to know about it. As an A/G missionary to the rodeo cowboy there was no one better.

The Mounted Rangers was the main thrust of the plan he had. This was all prior to 2002. When Expedition Rangers was released, he was trying to rebrand the Mounted Rangers as Equestrian Rangers and had the patch developed for that rebranding.

 

International Cyber Pow Wow

International Cyber Pow Wow 1997

In the last half of 1996, several Royal Rangers leaders who were active on RangerNet (a Royal Rangers e-mail listserv that was popular in the 1990s) decided to host a virtual event for Rangers and leaders around the world. The event was officially hosted by the Pacific Latin American District. John Martinez ran the RangerNet listserv, and others involved with the Cyber Pow Wow included Duane and Jennifer Wheeler and Jonathan Trower.

There was a series of activities like nature studies, a compass course, an FCF village, and a scavenger hunt as well as devotions from many of the US national RR leaders and national RR leaders from other countries.

The registration fee was $5, and included a patch. A second patch could be purchased for an additional $2. A total of 655 patches were distributed to Rangers and leaders around the world. Registrations were received from 246 leaders, and many of those included Rangers from their family or outpost.

The Cyber Pow Wow was successful enough to generate $1403.24 above the cost of the patches. That money was donated to Missionary Doug Marsh for Camp Summit in Costa Rica.

 



1997 Attendee



1997 Staff



1997 Patch Set
Jacket sized patch was a fundraiser to help raise total funds



1999 Attendee



2008 Attendee

   
   


1997 Bolo



1997 Patch Proof of Concept